Rachel grew up near Bryan, Ohio. She attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Biblical Studies. She planned to study physical therapy, but after shadowing different therapists she did not want follow this path. After traveling and taking a few more courses, she returned to Ohio and worked as a facilitator at different high schools and also as a science teacher at a school designed for students on the autism spectrum. After a few more years, she recognized her dream to work in the medical field and chiropractic came to mind. She decided to attend Palmer because of the philosophy and research upholding chiropractic. She anticipates teaching the relevancy of chiropractic to future patients. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, worship dancing and playing with her dog, Hope.
Kyle grew up in Ludington, MI, a beautiful town on the west side of the state right near Lake Michigan. He had an older brother, sister, grandfather, several cousins and aunts and uncles with whom he could play sports, swim and enjoy the outdoors with. Their influence on his life propelled his desire to be athletic, work hard in school and respect all people. He attended Saginaw Valley State University, receiving his Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree with minors in Youth Services and Athletic Coaching. Kyle has lived in New Orleans and Europe working in various sales positions, but was never satisfied by the work and found Chiropractic as a means to fulfill his desire of helping people be healthy. He recently married his best friend (June 2013), a foreign-exchange student from Denmark who stole his heart. She is studying to be an MD and they are hopeful of changing their small slice of the world together someday.
Kailey grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After high school, Kailey moved to Bemidji, Minnesota to play Division I women’s hockey and attend school. While in Bemidji, it was difficult for Kailey to play both collegiate hockey and golf while pursuing a major in exercise science, but ended up finding her passion for health and fitness and took a role as the assistant strength and conditioning coach her senior year. Being an athlete and working in the health and fitness field facing injuries and rehabilitation constantly, made her passionate about improving the health and quality of life for others. Having a mom as a physiotherapist, Kailey didn’t have a lot of familiarity with chiropractic growing up, but recent experiences with it were positive and she felt it matched her goals. Kailey spends her free time with her dog Sota, a 2 year old Siberian husky, going on runs or bike rides, golfing or taking in local sporting events.
"I love how chiropractic promotes preventative care and living and overall healthy, active lifestyle and giving the body a chance to heal itself," says Kailey.
Brooke grew up in Suttons Bay, Mich., with her parents, two
older siblings and twin sister. After high school she attended Michigan State
University with her twin sister (Go Green!) and completed a degree in
Kinesiology. During her undergraduate years, Brooke explored many different
options for careers in health care. After shadowing in several different
offices and plenty of research she found her love for chiropractic. The
holistic, non-invasive model of health is what brought her to chiropractic
while the enthusiasm, expertise, and long history associated with the school is
what helped her choose Palmer-Davenport. Outside of school, Brooke loves
reading, playing video games, and being on the water; kayaking has become a particular love of
hers. She also enjoys fencing, a hobby she picked up during her time at MSU,
snow shoeing and cross country skiing. After finishing her Doctor of
Chiropractic degree Brooke would like to either practice abroad or return to
her home in Northern Michigan.
Kelsey grew up on a farm in western Iowa. She majored in Biology at Iowa State University. She came to Palmer College of Chiropractic for the opportunity to learn how to improve peoples’ lives by providing an alternative non-invasive form of health care. Kelsey experienced the benefits of chiropractic first hand with various sports injuries in high school.
"Chiropractic searches for the root of the problem and fixes it, rather than treating the symptoms. I am very passionate about chiropractic and the numerous benefits it has to offer."
Holly was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When it came to
secondary education she bounced around from music and theater to nursing and
finally found a love for the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant.
She found a job with a chiropractic office and discovered her true passion was
the holistic, non-invasive care chiropractic could provide. She moved herself,
her husband and her 2-year-old daughter to Davenport to pursue her education at
Brad was born and raised in the small town of Marine City, Michigan. During his studies in high school, he became fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Never having been exposed to chiropractic, he attended Hillsdale College as a pre-medical student where he went on to receive a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. After being convinced by a family friend to job shadow a chiropractor, Brad was introduced to the ideal healthcare career he had been looking for and never knew existed. From there on, he continues to talk, think, and live chiropractic day in and day out. He takes a keen interest in chiropractic philosophy and its relationship with the allopathic model of healthcare, his former career path. Brad enjoys playing basketball and tennis, and loves passing the time with any activity as long as he is with good friends. After graduation, he plans to return to Michigan to practice and help spread the chiropractic message to others.
Hilary grew up in the small town of Manitowaning, Ontario, Canada with my parents, sister, brother and dogs. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Science in Health & Disease, with minors in Physiology and Psychology. Although growing up in a health centric family, she will be the first Doctor of Chiropractic in her immediate and extended family. Her grandparents have been very influential in her decision to pursue this career, as they are very active and healthy in their later years thanks to the benefits of chiropractic. Once Hilary completes her degree, she wants to pursue a diplomat in Rehabilitation, preferably through the Palmer Rehabilitation Residency. Hilary is active in various clubs and enjoys cycling along the river, wishing she could take her cat for walks and she enjoys a good game of football or hockey.
It would be a privilege to be able to help people, young and old, live life to its fullest, and through chiropractic I can achieve this. Everyday spent here, I learn something that makes me fall further in love with this profession, and I cannot wait to share that love with the rest of the world, wherever I should go.
Colleen grew up in Naperville, Ill., a suburb of
Chicago. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in History and Religion. After graduation she worked at Disney World and then moved back home to Naperville and spent several years working for the Naperville Public Library. She'd always felt drawn to the health care field but could never decide on a particular field of study. Having had a personal success story with chiropractic she began to do further research and immediately felt she had found a home with chiropractic and applied to attend Palmer. Colleen enjoys reading, crocheting, and sewing. She also is an avid board game collector and player, and is the President of the Palmer Board Game Club.
Born in Griffith, Indiana, Ashley chose Palmer because "it is second to no other school in preparing students to become the best possible Doctors of Chiropractic that they can be. Most of all, I love the people who are here. I have yet to find someone who is not willing to help you in any way they can."
Jennifer L. Katzer
Jennifer L. Katzer is elated to be pursuing the path of chiropractic. Her journey to chiropractic began on farm, where her parents taught her and her younger brother the value of working hard and having respect for themselves and others. “These values were my foundation as I pursued sports and academics in high school, where I also met my best friend, who later would become my husband, Nathan,” says Jennifer. After high school, she played collegiate volleyball and earned an A.S. in biotechnology from Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa) and a B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa). Jennifer has worked as a microbiology technician, a clinical researcher, a nurse aid in a geriatric rehabilitation unit, and a cancer researcher. She decided to pursue a career in chiropractic after her mother introduced her to a chiropractor in Southern Iowa. Of the experience, she says, “I immediately knew this was the kind of doctor I wanted to become, and was ready to begin my career at Palmer.” Jennifer lives in Orion, Ill., with her husband, Nathan, and their son, Gavin.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, while his father attended Palmer, Anton is the oldest of seven children. He grew up in the beautiful Silver Valley of North Idaho, but graduated from Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, Ohio, in 2004 after his family moved back to the area where his parents grew up. Anton holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in chemistry from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He also spent two years as a full-time proselytizing missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Long Beach, Calif., and married his wife, Breanna, in 2010. Anton’s varied work experiences over the years taught him that his dream job was yet to come, and his Palmer education is preparing him to pursue it.
Grant was born and raised in the ‘sawdust city’ of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Grant earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley and his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. As a young man with numerous career opportunities to explore, he found clarity upon visiting Palmer College. It was here, at the fountainhead of Chiropractic, that everything seemed to fit together. In addition to his studies, Grant serves his community and parish in volunteer based activities. He is also involved with numerous scholastic, technique, music and sporting clubs.
Allie grew up in Wheaton, IL with her parents and three siblings. Growing up, she was an avid student and focused pianist. When first starting college, she knew that she desired a career in which she could build relationships with people and help them. She took classes in music therapy, psychology, and physiology before finding that chiropractic was her calling. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in music. Her work experience includes being a piano teacher, vocal accompanist and research assistant for both the psychology department and the Musician’s Wellness Team at MSU. She is excited to be at Palmer College of Chiropractic, learning the knowledge and skills that will allow her to carry out her passion for helping others through chiropractic. Allie lives with her cats Hogarth and Hugo, and in her free time she enjoys playing piano, knitting, reading and yoga.
Loni was raised on a dairy farm near Westby, Wisconsin.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a degree in
Organizational Communication, she decided to pack up her car and see where the
road might take her. She found herself in Austin, Texas, where she lived for
three years managing a retail store, eating the world's best tacos and staying
up too late listening to live music around the city. After striking up
impromptu conversation about holistic health care with a mutually passionate
stranger at a 10K Fun Run event, the fellow runner invited Loni to come job
shadow at his chiropractic office. Completely inspired by the doctor, a Palmer
graduate, a few weeks later Loni quit her job and came to work at the front
desk of that office and never looked back. The invigoration she
experienced from inspiring patients to take back control of their own health
led her to apply to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Loni is excited to have
found her passion and calling, and she looks forward to taking part in
spreading knowledge of the benefits of a proactive, healthy lifestyle!
Brooke was born and raised in Green Bay, Wis. (Go, Pack, Go!) She earned her B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Soon after graduation she moved to Boulder, Colo., where she now calls home. Here she enjoyed mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, hiking “fourteeners” and many other outdoor pursuits that the “Mile High” state has to offer. For the past nine years she has worked as a marketing manager for a major software company. Although she was finding success in her career, she couldn’t shake the feeling that marketing wasn’t her calling. She had always had the desire to help people, but it wasn’t until she visited her best friend, a student at Palmer, that she realized her calling was to be a chiropractor. When she’s not on campus, you can find her on the local mountain bike trails, camping, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Born in South Jordan, Utah, Shane chose Palmer because "all other schools compare themselves to this institution. Palmer is the best and has no need to compare."
Jessica grew up in Wisconsin with her parents, sister, brother and very spoiled dog. She is very proud of being from Wisconsin, making her a huge Packer fan. So, it was quite a perk to move to Green Bay while attending St. Norbert College for undergraduate studies. While at St. Norbert she received an undergraduate degree in a Biology and Environmental Science with Spanish minor. Jessica did not grow up going to a chiropractor. But, as soon as she was introduced to the profession she fell in love with the holistic approach that chiropractic can improve overall health. She is extremely proud and excited to be attending Palmer and becoming a part of the chiropractic profession.
Alec grew up in the quaint Wisconsin town of Sheboygan Falls. From there, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Health Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Throughout the years he has been conscious of the wonders of the human anatomy and has seen the detrimental effects of the allopathic systems. Being drawn to a more preventative and holistic form of healthcare, he now finds himself at the fountainhead of chiropractic. Outside of the classroom, Alec keeps himself busy with academic, technique and sporting clubs, as well as many community involvements with music and athletics.
Brittany is originally from fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. She studied at University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a concentration in biology. Her studies led her to explore various professions in the health field, but was still undecided about her future. After her mom’s suggestion, she met with a chiropractor who was recommended by a family friend. After the first visit, Brittany knew she was meant to be a chiropractor and spent over a year shadowing the doctor. She will always be thankful to her mentor for introducing her to such an amazing profession. Brittany is so excited to continue this journey towards becoming a chiropractor, and is constantly pleased with her decision to attend Palmer. When not studying you can find Brittany with a good book, on a walk, at a concert, out to dinner with friends or spending time with her family.
Logan grew up in Las Vegas, Nev. and is the oldest of five
children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Spanish and
Addictions Treatment from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Initially
pursuing a career in addictions research he recently found chiropractic and
chose Palmer to help him achieve his new career path. He enjoys the practical
application of neuroscience that chiropractic offers.
Alfie K. Sundqvist
Alfie is a native of New England, with a Bachelors in Studio
Art and 12 years of construction experience. He had been considering a career
in chiropractic for about ten years before making the decision and moving to
Davenport, Iowa. To him there was no other choice, Palmer is chiropractic. All
of his chiropractors had gone to Palmer and had strongly urged him to attend as
well. He was joined in Iowa by his fiancé in January of 2014, and they were
married in Maine over the June break. He loves his time at Palmer and really
enjoys the academic learning and the extracurricular activities he has been
Bethany was born and raised in a small town just East of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Health Fitness Specialist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. Her mom always taught her to "love what you do; and to make a difference in people’s lives while you do it." With this being engraved in Bethany, she knew that chiropractic was the path for her. Outside of chiropractic, Bethany enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, golfing and traveling.
Sara is a Walnut Creek, Calif., native, who graduated from Auburn Univ. (B.S., kinesiology) with academic honors in 2011.When Sara began receiving chiropractic care at the age of 12, she developed an appreciation for chiropractic's unique hands-on approach to health care, and the ability to help patients achieve immediate relief from pain.Sara's part-time position motivated her to accept a full-time position in another chiropractic office, when she graduated from Auburn. Once Sara decided to pursue the chiropractic career path, she says the primary reasons for enrolling at Palmer's San Jose campus include: close proximity to her family in the Bay Area; the Sports Council; and the evidence-based curriculum.
In addition to Campus Guides, Sara is active with a variety of other student clubs and campus organizations, including: Sports Council (for which she serves as an executive officer); the Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue Clubs; and the San Jose campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
Peggy is a Whittier, Calif., native who graduated from the Univ. of California at Los Angeles in 2002 (B.S., applied mathematics), and enjoyed a distinguished career in the hi-tech industry (working for Hitachi Consulting, Northrop Grumman, and Yahoo) before redirecting her career path into chiropractic, and initiating her studies at Palmer's San Jose Campus in 2013. In addition to her involvement with the Campus Guides, Peggy serves Palmer College and the San Jose Campus in a variety of other roles, including vice president of the Associated Student Government; president of the Soft Tissue Club; and, vice president for the San Jose Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA). Peggy also is a member of the Sports Council, as well as a student member of the American Public Health Assn.
"I knew I wanted to be a healthcare provider because it was important for me to be able to help people in any way that I could. Chiropractic fell into my lap because it really resonated with me that a chiropractor can provide exceptional care to individuals in a non-invasive approach."Contact Peggy
Trevor is a Mississauga, Ont., Canada, native, who earned his B.S. (kinesiology) from Brock University prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in January 2013. Shortly after he was hired as a kinesiologist for a large company in Canada, Trevor recognized that he did not want to work for a firm that emphasized the wellness of the business over the wellness of the clients .He began to explore health-related careers that would enable Trevor to utilize his kinesiology degree, but also allow him to work with his hands, and continue a lifestyle centered around a more "holistic" approach to health and healing - which ultimately led him to chiropractic. Trevor is a member of the West Campus Sports Council, and has attended meetings of the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs. He also is a member of the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. "My career goal is to run a multi-purpose, multidisciplinary wellness facility that incorporates many aspects of health care, and includes a diverse group of providers, which would include myself, as the DC, as well as an RMT, a dietician, acupuncturist or naturopath, a couple of PT's, and possibly a personal trainer. The team would share a common goal of taking a natural approach to empowering our patients' ability to achieve an optimal level of health and wellness."
Jennifer, a native from San Diego, Calif., attended San Diego State University and earned her B.A. degree in biology. Prior to initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus, Jennifer worked as a physical therapy aid at a San Diego-based multidisciplinary clinic, whose health care team included a West alumna. Jennifer was impressed with the ability to treat the 'whole person,' versus just individual 'parts.' Upon completion of the program, Jennifer, plans to return to San Diego and work with her chiropractic mentor, with the goal of ultimately establishing her own practice. In addition to her role as a West Campus Guide, Jennifer is active with many other student clubs and organizations, including the Sports Council, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), and Functional Fitness exercise workout group, as well as "hands-on" clubs, including Applied Kinesiology (A.K.), Gonstead, and Soft Tissue.
Jared is a native of Carstairs, Alberta, Can., where he grew up on a farm, and knows from firsthand experience the physical toll this type of work can take on the body, due to the daily rigors of riding tractors and herding cattle. While exploring various health career options, Jared visited one of the chiropractors in his hometown, and learned that the doctor was a former professional bull rider - which sparked an instant connection that inspired Jared to continue on the chiropractic career path. Jared graduated from Mount Royal University (B.Sc., health sciences) in Calgary, and earned a Canadian Millennium Scholarship prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus. Once Jared decided to pursue a chiropractic career, Jared said he chose to attend Palmer's West Campus "because the Palmer name and history is second to none; the Sports Council program; and its reputation as one of the leading schools for research, and strong evidence-based curriculum."In addition to his involvement with the West Campus Guides, Jared also is president of the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. Upon receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Jared looks forward to returning to Canada, and establishing his practice in Alberta, near his family's farm.
Anna Marie Gierach
Anna Marie is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Can., where she earned her B.Sc. (biological sciences) and graduated with "Distinction" honors from the Univ. of Alberta prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus. Working as a chiropractic assistant in her stepfather's clinic allowed Anna Marie to see the results patients achieved through chiropractic care, and ignited a desire to become a chiropractor herself. "Performing initial 'new patient' intakes and re-evaluations allowed me to see the positive benefits of chiropractic on a variety of patients," said Anne Marie, who ranks snowboarding among her favorite recreational pastimes. "Plus, I always felt like chiropractic combined my desire to help people on their path to health and wellness in a natural way," Once Anna Marie decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, she chose to attend Palmer's West Campus. "The West Campus is part of Palmer College, which provides an educational experience with a great balance of science, philosophy, and the art of chiropractic. Plus, after attending a large university in Canada, the 'family' feeling of a smaller campus also was a major factor. I also look forward to being close to exploring California!" Anna Marie says plans to explore various practice options as she progresses through the West Campus program, and plans to sit both the Canadian and U.S. National Board exams before settling down.
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As a member of Canada's Olympic and national triathlon teams, Lauren Groves often dreamed of what it would be like to step onto the medal podium. As she continues her chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose campus, Lauren's dreams now focus on the achievement of another goal: stepping onto the graduation stage. Like many other competitive athletes who've made similar transitions, Lauren's decision to pursue the chiropractic career path was inspired by the chiropractic care she enabled her to compete as a world-class athlete, and overcome numerous overuse injuries and bike crashes. "Initially, chiropractic opened my eyes to the natural-healing power of the body," said Lauren, who earned her B.A. (psychology) from Queen's University in Kinston, Ont., Canada. "However, it wasn't long before I realized chiropractic's power as a preventative approach to injuries, and overall health." Lauren credits much of her success as an athlete to the team of chiropractors with whom she's had the privilege to work. "The transition from professional sport to chiropractic was an easy one for me," said Lauren, who enjoys cooking, gardening, running, crafting - and cheering on her hometown hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks. "My experiences with chiropractic left me with a fascination with the human body, so I combined my passion for healthy, active living, and made the decision to embark upon this journey to Palmer's San Jose campus," added Lauren, who in addition to the Campus Guides, is a member of the Sports Council, the SPEAK Club, and the Applied Kinesiology technique club.
Lauren's decision to attend Palmer's California branch campus was inspired by: smaller class sizes; the broad curriculum, along with the clubs and electives; and the opportunity to live in the Bay Area, where she plays to "enjoy all the hiking northern California has to offer!"
As a member of the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) track team, Daniel Hopper suffered a hamstring injury as a member of the Blue Devils' quarter-mile-relay team. When it became apparent that the injury wasn't healing properly, a friend of Daniel's recommended that he see a chiropractor. And, when he did, that office visit not only put Daniel back on the track - it also sent the quarter-mile runner sprinting onto the chiropractic career path.
Daniel graduated from CCSU with his B.S. degree (Exercise Science & Health Promotion) in 2013, and initiated his chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose campus the following year. "I knew I wanted to be in the health care field, but I wasn't sure what direction," said Daniel, a native of New Fairfield, Conn., who was captain of the Blue Devils' track and field team. "When I scheduled my appointment (for the hamstring injury), I didn't really know much about chiropractic. It was a positive experience -- both for helping me recover from my injury, and for opening my eyes to field of chiropractic, and recognizing the type of doctor I wanted to become."
In addition to the Campus Guides, Daniel also is a member of the Sports Council and the Gonstead Club; played in the "Bay Area Classic" basketball game again Life West; and also plays on Palmer's San Jose campus softball team.
When Daniel isn't playing sports or exercising, he enjoys venturing to different destinations along the west coast, or watching movies.
After several years of serving as the athletic trainer for various professional hockey teams, Osama Kassab is ready to score a new goal as a Palmer College doctor of chiropractic. A native of Littleton, Colo., Osama earned his B.A. (human performance and wellness) from Colorado Mesa University and M.S. (health sciences) from Colorado State University. A certified athletic trainer, Osama has worked the past eight years as the trainer for various professional hockey teams, including the Allen Americans of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and the San Francisco Bulls, a minor-league affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Additionally, Osama has served as president of TrainerX Sports Performance in San Jose, which specializes in developing customized therapy, nutrition and conditioning programs tailored to suit the athlete's personal performance or therapy needs.
Osama has always had an interest in the "sports medicine" field, but the more time he spent with sports-medicine teams that included a chiropractor, the more interested he became in this field of health care, and the more motivated he came to pursue the chiropractic career path.
"Many of the chiropractors that I've met during my years as an athletic trainer are Palmer graduates, and that factored prominently in my decision to attend Palmer's San Jose campus," said Osama.
"I look forward to learning a new set of clinical skills, so I am able to expand my scope of care, and reach a broader and more diverse group of patients."
A member of the Sports Council at Palmer's San Jose campus, as well as the Soft Tissue, Extremities and Motion Palpation clubs, Osama enjoys golf, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Michael suffered a severe injury while playing high-school football in his hometown of Stockbridge, Wisc. After seeing several medical professionals, Michael was told it would be at least a month before he could return to the field. Then Michael sought the care of a local chiropractor - and returned to action within the week. As Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (from which he graduated with a major in biology, and a minor in chemistry), he began to narrow the focus of his career path - and found himself heading toward the chiropractic profession.
"After more research, and continued treatment, I came to the conclusion that manual therapy is one amazing tool," said Michael, an avid fitness enthusiast, who is very involved with athletics, and weight-training. Once Michael decided to pursue the chiropractic career-path, he began to the process of deciding which chiropractic college to attend. In the course of the process, one campus stood out.
"Palmer's San Jose campus, on the contrary, gave me a clear impression of their intentions: to provide me with the information and ability necessary to become a successful doctor - while letting me find my own 'niche' within the profession."
Michael says the Sports Council program is another major reason he chose to attend Palmer's San Jose campus. In addition to the Campus Guides, he participates in a variety of other clubs, and has participated in inter-quarter basketball, football and volleyball tournaments
Jenn Nolan is an Arkville, New York native who earned dual degrees in Television-Radio Communications (Video Production) and Exercise Science from Ithaca College before beginning her chiropractic career. Jenn was drawn to the chiropractic profession because it combined her love of anatomy and physiology with her wellness-focused approach to health. Jenn credits the chiropractic care she's received for helping her achieve the optimal level of fitness required to stay active in multiple recreational pastimes. Palmer West was the natural choice. "I like the evidenced-based approach to learning; the Sports Council because, as an athlete, it's exciting have sports be part of my everyday work; and the friendly, professional, and well-informed Campus Guides, whose mentorship I continue to seek as I start my own chiropractic journey at Palmer." Jenn serves as treasurer of the West Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and she's a member of the Sports Council, as well as the AK/SOT, Neurology, and Soft Tissue clubs.
Andrea grew up in Riverside, Calif., and earned her B.S. (biological studies) from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, prior to making the move to the northern part of the Golden State to pursue her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in San Jose. Given that health care was her passion, Andrew knew this would ultimately become her profession. And, the more she explored health career options, the more Andrea found herself following a career path into the chiropractic profession - and heading in the direction of Palmer's West Campus, which she selected for "the small class sizes, supportive family feel, and the outstanding students and faculty." In addition to the Campus Guides, Andrea also is active with a wide range of West Campus extracurricular endeavors, including the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs, the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, the Sports Council, and for some recreational release, the Volleyball club. "Chiropractic is everything I have ever wanted in a career -- and more!" says Andrea, who also enjoys baking, traveling, running, yoga, and cycling. "A career in the chiropractic profession not only allows you to interact with people on a daily basis, and help them to achieve an optimal level of health, but you also have the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing healing technique that works naturally with the body."
Jessika is a Jackson, Ala., native, who earned her B.S. (medical sciences) from the Univ. of South Alabama in 2014. Jessika's interest in chiropractic was sparked while conducting orthopedic research that examined the effect of platelet rich plasma on improving the healing time of knee injuries - during which she noticed a correlation between the patients who received chiropractic care and the expediency of their healing time. Once she made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, she decided to attend Palmer's San Jose campus because of the diversity of the curriculum, the sports emphasis, and the friendly campus.
"I look forward to providing care in an underserved area, where I can introduce people to the positive effects of chiropractic care," says Jessika, an avid exercise enthusiast, who also enjoys fishing, and watching college football - especially the Auburn Tigers!
Lindsay is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Can., who earned her B.S. (kinesiology) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., prior to initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose Campus in 2013. A competitive skier for most of her life, Lindsay has suffered her fair share of bumps and bruises, which fueled her interest in the field of sports medicine. The more time she spent observing her cousin, Dr. Trent Dean, D.C., a '95 San Jose Campus alumni who practices in Calgary, the more Lindsay felt inspired to follow a similar career path.
"Chiropractic is aligned with my beliefs of a natural, drug-free healthcare option, which also will enable me to work with athletes," said Lindsay.
"Once I made the choice to pursue chiropractic as a career, the key factors that led me to attend Palmer's San Jose Campus include the Sports Council program, the friendly feeling of the campus community, and the benefit of small-class sizes, while also enjoying the benefits of opportunities associated with a 'big school,' such as the many clubs and Clinic Abroad."
In addition to the Sports Council, Lindsay also is active in other activities at Palmer's San Jose Campus including the Gonstead Club, and the co-ed softball team (which she helped to organize).
With a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Gun Poespowidjojo was part of the first "tech boom" in the Silicon Valley in the early 2000's. When the "boom" began to fizzle, so did Gun's interest in computer engineering. So, he redirected his career path from "hi-tech" to "high touch," and became a certified personal trainer, where he could help people lose weight, gain strength, and improve sports performance and overall wellness. Like what many in the business world often encounter, in his new role as a personal trainer, Gun felt there was a "glass ceiling" impeding his ability to help his clients reach their full potential.
"In particular, I felt limited in the areas of injury rehab and posture alignment," said Gun, a native of nearby San Francisco. "I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human body."
Once Gun decided to take his post-tech career journey to another level, he says the appeal of Palmer's San Jose campus was more than just its close proximity to family in the Bay Area.
"I was drawn to the San Jose campus because of its strong foundation in science, and 'evidence-based' curriculum; Palmer's renowned reputation for academic excellence; and the Sports Council program," said Gun, who enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, and practicing martial arts.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Gun also is a member of many other student organizations at Palmer's San Jose campus, including the SPEAK Club (which provides students with opportunities to build public-speaking skills through participation in community-education/awareness events), as well as several of the technique clubs: Applied Kinesiology; Diversified; Extremities; Motion Palpation.
Tony is a Muscoda, Wisc., native, who earned his B.S. (biology pre-medicine emphasis in business) from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in Oct. 2012. "I'm impressed with how the body can heal itself, with correct direction and time, so my ultimate goal became finding a career that would enable me to help my patients achieve optimal health with little to no drug intervention-and what better way to do this then being the mechanic for the human body!," says Tony. In addition to his role with the Campus Guides, Tony also is an executive officer on the Sports Council executive board, and is a member of several campus clubs, including Gonstead, Soft Tissue, Motion Palpation, and Neurology. Tony says he'll explore all career options as he advances through the West Campus program. However, he foresees returning to the Midwest, where he envisions establishing a sports-focused practice.
Kirtpaul is a Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada native, and a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of the Fraser Valley (B.Sc., kinesiology) in Abbotsford, B.C. As a youth, Kirtpaul suffered a severe injury playing hockey, which resulted in reoccurring back pain. After a few visits to a chiropractor, he was out of pain and injury free. As Kirtpaul began to consider career-path options, his interest in health care, combined with his experience as a patient, guided him toward the chiropractic profession.
"My chiropractor was the only doctor who was able to make me feel better, and eventually achieve a pain-free level of health," says Kirtpaul, a member of the hockey team at Palmer's San Jose campus, who has already surfed at many Bay Area beaches.
When Rebecca graduates from Palmer's West Campus in 2014, she will be the fourth chiropractor of her immediate family-and D.C. number 75 in the extended Schroeder family of chiropractors! Rebecca's father, Dr. Tom Schroeder, is a 1980 Palmer Davenport Campus graduate, and her sister, Dr. Allison Schroeder Mankey, is a 2011 West Campus graduate. Rebecca's chiropractic cousins include current West Campus student Torrey Schroder and Dr. Terry Schroeder, '86 alumnus and coach of the U.S. men's water polo team. "I grew up in a chiropractic family, and watching the healing take place around me was incredible! It didn't take long for me to see the magnitude of chiropractic, and I was quickly inspired to become a chiropractor myself," said Rebecca, who will join her father's practice in Fresno. Selecting the college to attend was as easy of a decision for Rebecca as was her career choice. "I chose Palmer's West Campus because of the admiration and respect I have for all the successful doctors I know who've graduated from Palmer," said Rebecca, who is president of the Maximized Living Club, and a member of the Sports Council as well as the Sun and Snow, Pediatrics, and SOT/AK clubs. Rebecca's recreational interests include soccer, snow sports and wakesurfing.
Alex Silver was heading toward a career in firefighting when he realized that he was sell-suited to provide a different type of life-impacting service. A chiropractic patient from a young age, Alex now looks forward to helping his future patients reap the same health benefits he has enjoyed from life-long care.
"While training to become a firefighter, I discovered that helping people was my true passion," said Alex, a Malibu, Calif., native, who graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (B.S., environmental studies). "Having personally benefited from chiropractic care since I was young, I became very interested in the chiropractic profession, and decided to pursue a new and exciting career path."
Once Alex made the decision to pursue a career in chiropractic, he chose Palmer's San Jose campus, because, "I wanted to stay in California; Palmer teaches the perfect balance of philosophy and evidenced-based chiropractic; and student experience at the San Jose campus provides many learning opportunities beyond the core curriculum, from guest speakers, to extracurricular clubs, and other unique programs, such as the Sports Council."
In addition to the Campus Guides and the Sports Council, Alex is a member of the Motion Palpation, Diversified, and Applied Kinesiology Clubs, as well as the San Jose campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the Rock Climbing Club.
Alex enjoys surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and mountain-biking - and, between classes, he enjoys playing table-tennis in the San Jose campus student lounge!
Anne Marie Vicencio
Many chiropractic students are inspired to pursue chiropractic careers following a positive experience as a patient, and regard the doctor who cared for them as their "chiropractic mentor." Anne Marie Vicencio also has a chiropractic "mentor." However, her inspirational mentorship is not the result of personal care, but from her internship in the athletic training department at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. - where Tony Kearns, D.C., a 2007 graduate of Palmer's San Jose campus, is the director of sports medicine. "Observing Dr. Kearns, I was able to see how chiropractic treatment benefited the athletes who came in," said Anne Marie, who graduated from St. Mary's with a B.A. in "Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance." "To see the immediate results of the care was something I'd never seen before - which sparked my interest in the chiropractic profession," added the Hayward, Calif., native.
Anne Marie acknowledges the fact that her chiropractic mentor is an alumnus, along with the close proximity to her family in the East Bay, and the great weather, made Palmer's San Jose campus quite appealing as the school to attend. However, other features factored in her decision-making process. "I like Palmer's evidence-based curriculum, and the strong Sports Council program," said Anne Marie, who enjoys rock-climbing, playing sports that keep her active - and anything and everything Disney-related!
In addition to the Campus Guides, Anne Marie participates in a variety of other student activities at Palmer's San Jose campus, including the Diversified, Extremities, Motion Palpation, Soft Tissue technique clubs, as well as the Rock Climbing Club, and the San Jose campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
And when Anne Marie becomes an intern in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic, she hopes to return to St. Mary's, to associate with her chiropractic mentor, Dr. Kearns, in the special internship program that enables selected interns from Palmer's San Jose campus to assist Dr. Kearns with the evaluation, assessment and treatment of student athletes, and to interact with members of the St. Mary's sports medicine team.
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Trevor is a native of Washington, D.C., and earned his B.S. (exercise physiology, with a minor in public health) from Humboldt State Univ. A certified sports-massage therapist, Trevor has worked closely with chiropractors for the past 10 years - a decade during which he gained an increasing respect for the benefits of chiropractic care. In particular, working the past three years with three alumni of Palmer's San Jose campus elevated Trevor's interest in the profession even further, and inspired him to pursue the chiropractic career path.
"I want to devote myself to helping gravely disabled veterans of our armed forces, and their families, as well," says Trevor, a certified strength coach and exercise physiologist, who enjoys reading, camping, playing acoustic guitar, and spending quality time with his wife.
Trent is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where he earned his B.S. in kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, with an emphasis in exercise physiology and rehabilitation. During the three years prior to initiating his chiropractic career, Trent worked as a personal trainer, designing programs that were built to help improve postural instabilities. During his final year at UFV, Trent volunteered at a local multidisciplinary clinic, where he learned the degree to which chiropractic can have such an immediate impact and positive influence on the patient's health and wellness. "That experience motivated me to pursue a chiropractic career, because I've always wanted to help people achieve optimal health with my hands, and to positively affect the quality of their life." Once Trent recognized chiropractic was his calling, the next step was deciding where to go to school. Trent participates in many clubs including Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue, as well as playing on the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. Following graduation, Trent plans to start a multidisciplinary practice, with an emphasis on acute-injury management.
Jessica is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she completed her Palmer prerequisites while studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia. Jessica's journey into the chiropractic followed sojourns along other career paths, none of which filled her with any degree of passion and purpose. Then a family friend encouraged Jessica to visit a local chiropractor. She didn't receive a hands-on adjustment, but the inspirational impact of the visit prompted an "adjustment" of Jessica's career-path direction - toward the chiropractic health field.
"I was impressed by the fact that the doctor not only helped her patients achieve relief from pain, through hands-on care, but made an equally strong commitment to educating her patients in ways to stay pain-free," says Jessica, who loves baking, and is always open to a game of ultimate or badminton.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Jessica is involved with a variety of other clubs and student organizations at Palmer's San Jose campus, including: Campus Ministries, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), the Motion Palpation Club, and the Soft Tissue Club.
Scherina grew up just outside of the Twin Cities, in Burnsville, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her first Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and her second Bachelor's in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences. Being the first generation born in the United States was not easy, and there was much exploring to do as far as career choice. After years of schooling, research and shadowing, Scherina came across a position as a chiropractic assistant. Having known nothing about chiropractic, the positive energy from the field and amazing results and experiences had her sold. It was an instant attraction to the profession and the desire to know everything there is to know about chiropractic that led her to Palmer College of Chiropractic. After so many years of research and shadowing, chiropractic was the only profession that made sense to her. This approach to holistic healing was a perfect fit for Scherina and the abundance of support from her family and friends has encouraged her to pursue her dream of helping others to live their full potential. Outside of school, Scherina enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring anything fitness related as well as nutrition.
Kaitlyn was born in Jackson, Michigan and attended Hillsdale College for her B.S. in Biochemistry. She grew up in a very loving home and continues to be close to her parents and two sisters. She has received Chiropractic care since she was ten years old and began to consider it for a career in high school. She shadowed two chiropractors and fell in love with the Port Orange campus on her first visit. Kaitlyn loves sports of all kinds and played basketball and volleyball in high school. She continues her interest in fitness and hopes to incorporate it into her chiropractic practice. Kaitlyn loves to travel and has visited 48 out of the 50 States, 4 Canadian provinces and Mexico. She loves reading, swimming, jet skiing, snow skiing, boating and bicycling. You will often find her at the beach. Kaitlyn chose Palmer College of Chiropractic because she wanted to serve others and become “the best of the best”. She is a very passionate person and she wanted an environment that would encourage such passion.
Martin Booth is a local to the Port Orange area and could not imagine living anywhere else. He is one of two biological children of Martin Sr. and Becky Booth and was fortunate to be raised in a very lively home, with his parents fostering over 150 children throughout their years of dedicated service to foster care. This upbringing taught Martin how to love, share; accept differences and the importance of community. Martin spent most of his teen years and young adult life working in Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic and firefighter, serving Volusia and Flagler Counties. Coupled with his time in service, he also led an exciting and rewarding career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. After treating individuals with chronic disease day after day, he decided to follow his passion for prevention and wellness, leading to initiate a chiropractic career.
Being raised in an allopathic environment, Bryan never grew up knowing about chiropractic. After suffering through a terrible ski accident where he fractured two vertebrae was where chiropractic came into his life. Not knowing his condition for 3 years and then being informed by a chiropractor was inspiring. His wife convinced him to go see the chiropractor and he had an amazing experience. That was the beginning and passion was the result.
Christina Ciotti, who also goes by Christy, spent most of her childhood in Virginia Beach, Virg. She started her undergraduate career at a small rural college in Radford, Virg. After two years, she transferred to Christopher Newport University, which was closer to home, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Business Administration. After graduation, Christina started her career in the Washington D.C. area on a grant to develop a nationwide educational curriculum to teach law enforcement about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. While working in Washington D.C., Christina was able to travel around the country as the lead project assistant for the trainers and staff and was able to speak at many different meetings and conferences. Though her career provided her with many opportunities, she still felt as if there was another purpose for her. After some personal reflection, Christina decided she wanted a career within the health care industry in which she could have the freedom to make her own decisions, serve the community, and be able to find self-fulfillment. Making a decision to pursue chiropractic began through Christina's own view on health, natural healing, and nutrition, as well as her desire to help people with a more non-invasive, hands-on approach. After some extensive research, job shadowing, and of course helpful talks with friends and family, Christina ended up choosing the chiropractic profession and Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus. Christina feels that she has found her perfect fit with chiropractic and would like to help others pursue their dreams of becoming part of this life-changing profession as well.
Joel Dayton grew up in shadows of the Rocky Mountains in Provo, Utah. He completed his Bachelors in Business from Brigham Young University in 2011. Coming from a line of doctors, Joel knew he wanted to be in health care since he was young. Previously, he had planned on pursuing a career in allopathic medicine, but, after receiving excellent chiropractic care following a motorcycle accident a few years ago, he was sure that chiropractic was his path. He is passionate about educating others on how chiropractic care helps to maintain health and encourages them to make the lifestyle changes that will ultimately allow them to live to their fullest.
When Joel's not studying, he loves to play soccer, basketball, tool around on his guitar, read a good book, watch documentaries and sneak down to the beach.
A native of Virginia, Sean come from a small rural community and grew up as an only child by the guidance of his two wonderful parents. During his early years, his mother and father instilled the importance of health and allowing the body to express its innate healing potential without unnecessary drugs and surgery. Sean graduated from Virginia Teach and received a Bachelor's of Science and minor in Medicine and Society. Besides Chiropractic, he's also passionate about music and has the blessing of performing professionally in the local area. Sean's passionate about the Campus Guide organization because of the importance it played in his decision to pursue chiropractic and apply to Palmer through the exemplary guidance he was given by a former campus guide. He hopes to provide similar experiences to prospective students by proudly conveying the power of the ChiropracTIC adjustment.
Ashley Hughes grew up in the small town of Boaz, Alabama into a chiropractic family and was always taught to heal the body with natural remedies. She completed her B.S. in Exercise Science at Auburn University; with exercise, health and nutrition as major interests. As a competitive cheerleader in high school and college, the wonders of chiropractic helped her through many injuries and ultimately sparked her interest in the profession. Ashley fell even more in love with chiropractic after working as a Chiropractic Assistant during her undergrad. Palmer Florida's beautiful campus and positive energy was what solidified her choice in beginning her chiropractic journey. During her free time she enjoys working with Daytona Xtreme All-Starz cheerleading and spending time at the beach.
Cynthia was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology. Having family members in the medical field, Cynthia always had a passion for healthcare and helping those in need. During a medical mission trip in college, she was thrilled with the experience to serve others, but disappointed knowing the patients were receiving temporary relief of pain from medication they did not have access to. While researching more holistic areas of healthcare, Cynthia shadowed a chiropractor and immediately fell in love with the profession. After seeing firsthand the wide scope of benefits that can be obtained from chiropractic care, she knew this was the right path. She chose Palmer College of Chiropractic because of its excellent reputation. When she is not furthering her chiropractic education, Cynthia enjoys hiking, water sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Norton was born and raised in the small town of Wyoming in New York State. Hannah played competitive sports throughout high school, which is how she got interested in chiropractic through her father. Her father visited a chiropractor regularly and after she injured her back in softball she also went. After she graduated high school she went on to D'Youville College, where she played NCAA basketball and softball. She thanks chiropractic for helping her through her sports career. After Hannah's experience with her chiropractor, she now wants to help other athletes with injuries and to be able to help them improve their overall well-being in a natural way.
Mickey was born in the small, rural town of Pittston, Penn. and was the older of two boys. Throughout high school and college he had always known that he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, just not which part. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn., he was convinced that he wanted to enter into Physical Therapy. He had never even considered Chiropractic until his wife; Danielle was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents. Following Danielle through her chiropractic treatment and seeing, first-hand, how quickly she was able to recover from her injuries made him believe in the power of chiropractic medicine and he immediately wanted to get involved. Palmer's sterling reputation and welcoming faculty/staff made it an easy choice for pursuing his chiropractic education. Always active, he enjoys being outdoors, Palmer's various intramural sports and relaxing with his dog, Fozzie.
Jessica was born in Lapeer, Mich., where she spent the first half of her childhood before moving with her family to Wyoming, which is where she now calls home. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jessica found her passion in helping others achieve their maximum wellness potential as a personal trainer and fitness manager. Towards the end of her college career, Jessica knew she wanted to expand on her knowledge of the human body; her love of a natural and healthy lifestyle led her to the field of chiropractic. Jessica had chosen Palmer College of Chiropractic right off the bat because of its reputation within the chiropractic community. Spending the latter half of her life in the mountains, there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to go to school in sunny Florida. Jessica is excited to continue with her education as a Doctor of Chiropractic and looks forward to helping others discover the journey of a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Jessica enjoys almost anything fitness related, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Tony was born into a large family in Rockledge, Florida. He lived in six different states as a child until his family ended up in Melbourne, Florida. He received his Bachelor's in Exercise Science at the University of West Florida. While at UWF, Tony was the captain of the golf team. They won many conferences under his leadership. He was the President of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and served on Student Council as the Secretary of Treasure. He has two chiropractors in his family, which sparked his interest in the career. He worked as a Chiropractic Assistant in Pensacola, Florida while completing his B.S. He applied to Palmer because of the reputation the school has in the community. The doctor he worked for inspired him to apply to Palmer's Port Orange campus for the location and the early hands on experience he would get. His plan is to bring his interest in nutrition, health and supplementation into his future practice.